Topaz Labs Releases DeNoise v.4

One of my favorite software companies, Topaz Labs, has just released an upgrade to their DeNoise software, rasing version 3 to version 4. This is a free upgrade to version 3 owners and is a major upgrade. Check it out at here.  It's not just that the "look" has changed, but the new layout makes it much easier to navigate and also incorporates a new "IntelliNoise" technology. … [Read more...]

Robin Pedrero on vision and growth

How has your art evolved over time? Desire and necessity are the catalysts in the evolution of my art. I often tell the story of how my two year old painted white oil paint on a portrait I was working on which spurred my investment in the medium of pastel.  I tackled the medium through book instruction, and one class with Herman Marguiles to fall in love with the immediacy and vibrancy of pastels to then become a juried Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. I have been a portrait … [Read more...]

Interview with Robin Pedrero-on marketing

Tell us about your marketing journey…how did you start? I learned a few things from my mother who did PR for our theater group, when I danced and sang in musicals. Her example taught me to be fearless about just asking or sending something in to the press, radio or TV stations. When did you discover that you needed to market? When I moved to Florida in 1988 and began painting portraits for just $25, word of mouth spread the news. Now my portraits are $1200 - $5500, and  people who bought … [Read more...]

Profile: Robin Pedrero on Motivation, Inspiration and Influence

Tell us about your work? My work is a visual journey, exploring what calls me, often those things which bring me joy or contemplation. My work is spiritual, color saturated with symbolic and natural elements. What mediums have you worked in and which is your favorite? I have worked in oil, soft pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, gouche, pen and ink, charcoal, textile, collage, colored pencil, mixed media, photography and assemblage. My favorite is whatever I am working in at the moment … [Read more...]

Topaz Labs DeNoise: Another Winning Photoshop Plugin

UPDATE: Dr. Roach reviews the latest release of DeNoise here A few weeks back I wrote about TopazLabs application TopazAdjust3, and I liked it so well that it obviously influenced me to take a look at its sister (brother?) application DeNoise.  Topaz Labs makes applications for both still and video imaging, and it is the digital still imaging area that have my interest because Photoshop from Adobe is the center of my workflow and I like things that plug-in to Photoshop.  I … [Read more...]

Marketing Monday: Still doing the same old stuff?

Recently a couple of things boinked me on the head (not literally!!) that helped me remember that I needed to remind folks of. See, now is the time especially for those nomadic artists out there to suck it up, kick those old asshabits right were it hurts ’cause you need to focus on doing things different. Because you are coming out of hibernation to a completely different world than was there when you entered you winter sleepy time. Do you need….? So, what were those boinky … [Read more...]

Featured Artist: Robin Pedrero

    Artist Statement I respond to what catches my eyes and heart using colors, shapes and lines. I desire to capture simple pleasures, wind in the trees, atmospheric reflections, people and places around the world. I personify nature through color and movement evoking moods of transition, strength, and serenity. I use my fingers of both hands to blend pastels and sculpt form through layering pigment; pastel being one of the purest pigments. As I work the images can be unexpected, … [Read more...]

Artsyfartsy Biz Inspiration: Featured Artists

  A few weeks ago we launched our Artsyfartsy Biz Award program and recognized five artists who have actively developed their art into a business. They have each followed their own intuition and instincts to make sure their art gets out into the world in a sustainable way…a way that allows them to be paid for doing what they love and provides value to their buyers. Their journeys have not been linear, or without slips, they have been moving steadily onward learning and growing as … [Read more...]

Worried about losing your creative mojo?

Are you afraid to commit to really incorporate business skills and tools because you might lose your creative mojo? Do you have trouble adding up 2+2 to get 4?  Have you shied away from thinking about business because it hurts your brain? Do you think in images and can never quite get things going in a strait line like figuring out what and where you want to go with your business? Are you resigned to being a starving artist? You are not alone…creatives through out history have … [Read more...]

First Official Artsyfartsy Bizes

Our first batch of artsyfartsy bizes who have definitly earned the title of ArtsyFartsy Biz. Please take a badge,  and display it proudly because you are the models for today and future’s art businesses…you deserve it. To learn what it takes to become an artsyfartsy biz go here What’s an artsytartsy biz?     Visit TheArtistsCenter.com … [Read more...]

Marketing Monday: you know you’re already doing it, Right?

  Ya…that thing that starts with an “M” that makes you cring, vomit and curl up in a ball in the corner. And, we have ranted and raved abut this quite a lot so let’s see how you can leverage  what you are doing. You know when you run into that old college friend and it feels like you see each other everyday? You both start asking each other all that “whatcha been up to?” stuff and before you know it your old friendship is not so old anymore. … [Read more...]

Photoshop Plugin: Topaz Adjust

I don't know how many hours I have put in writing actions to allow me to produce some of the currently popular photoshop effects; really more than I want to admit.  By the time I've worked my way through reading tutorials, performing the action(s), refining the effect(s), redoing the action(s) and getting client feedback, I have quite a bit of time committed to some projects.  Not that I don't think some of the techniques aren't pretty cool and I admire the developers of the concepts; some are d … [Read more...]